A24 Films Amid moments of levity, this unconventional meditation on mortality is a different kind of scary. There are few Halloween costumes as unabashedly silly as a bedsheet with two holes cut out of it. That last minute ghost outfit stretches back to mid-19th-century Irish celebrations of Halloween , but today looks like an embarrassingly sweet nod to Charlie Brown. So when writer-director David Lowery’s new film A Ghost Story made a bedsheet ghost its central image, it looked like either an unfunny parody of ghost stories or the worst scary movie ever made. Thankfully, it’s neither. There are moments of both levity and eeriness in A Ghost Story , but Lowery’s unconventional meditation on mortality is a different kind of scary. The film opens on a young couple, played by a shaggy Casey Affleck and a pallid Rooney Mara, adjusting to a plain-looking one-story home in rural Texas. The pair previously appeared together in Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints , a respectable 2013 film about an outlaw reconnecting with his family after escaping from prison. But in A Ghost Story , Affleck and Mara play ordinary people with ordinary problems. The characters don’t have names; “C” is a […]